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Top 5 Things to see and do in Turkey
1. Grand Bazaar
This cluster of market stalls is the best place to immerse yourself in the culture of Turkey, with everything from jewellery to leather goods on offer.
2. Topkapi Palace
This palace was occupied by Sultans since the 15th century and is now filled with Ottoman artefacts.
3. Basilica Cistern
336 marble columns hold up this underground Roman construction used previously to transport water. It now makes for an eerily astonishing experience.
4. Hagia Sophia
This museum is housed inside a Byzantine church and is famous for its large mosaics of popular Bible scenes.
5. Blue Mosque
If there is one mosque you should visit in Turkey, it is the Blue Mosque. The building is surrounded by six minarets and overlooks the surrounding greenery.
Where to go at night in Turkey
Sultana's 1001 Nights show is a great experience for those who want to experience traditional Turkish shows, with traditional belly dancers and live music throughout the night. If you are looking for a sunset dining experience, the Balkan restaurant and bar offer perfect views of the surrounding city and a lively atmosphere on top of the roof. Sultanahmet Park offers a show of a different kind, with its dancing fountains presenting a gorgeous light show among two of the most famous and decorative buildings in Istanbul.
What to eat in Turkey
Traditional food abounds in Turkey and the most infamous of these is Turkish Delight - this nutty delight is so different from the treats you can buy in the UK that you will wonder if it is a completely different food. The Iskender kebab is another Turkish favourite. Like other countries' kebab delicacies, it is made from tender lamb and is usually served with bread.
Best places to stay in Turkey
For a beach holiday, the Bodrum peninsula is perfect, dotted with white buildings and olive groves to wander inside. However, if you want more atmosphere, you should head to the capital, Istanbul, a city with beautiful architecture and cultural remains.
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